October is Mensa Membership Month!

Mensa membership for many members is a highly cherished, and very personal yet social, accomplishment. Becoming a member of Mid-America Mensa (MAM) makes every MAM member eligible to participate at the other levels of Regional, National, and International Mensa activities. Although we are members of our local affiliate, our Mensa memberships link us with other Mensa members around the world as members of Heartland Mensa Region 7, American Mensa Ltd., and Mensa International Ltd. Furthermore, Mensa – everywhere – is a volunteer organization. So, the more that members put into their memberships, ultimately, the more benefit and enjoyment that they will get from it.

Congratulations to Anita Ford

Anita Ford is MAM’s newest Certified Proctor! She joins Rhonda Johnston, Karin Miller, Al McMahon, and Darryl Smith as the members responsible for our Local Group testing program. Anita also serves as Member-at-Large on the board of our organization.

Local group proctors perform a valuable service and are often the first Mensan that prospective members meet. They strive to provide a fair testing experience as well as a welcoming atmosphere. A Mensa member who wishes to become a proctor must have a bachelor’s degree from a college or university and the endorsement of both the group’s Local Secretary and Testing Coordinator.

Ad Astra Mensa

Monday, October 10th at 6:00 pm
Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant
417 SW 37th Street, Topeka, KS

On Monday, September 12th, Ad Astra Mensa (Topeka, Lawrence, Sabetha, and environs) met in person for dinner and conversation at the Blind Tiger. We talked about Iceland, the Northern Lights, the best hotdogs in the world (in Iceland), colonoscopies, anesthesia, methamphetamines, opioids, what various drugs feel like, euphoria, drug crime prosecutions, In Cold Blood, Truman Capote, the Clutter family killings, the Clutter home, the attorneys for the Clutter killing prosecutions, catching up on what everybody has been doing, family reunions, familial relations, political division and polarization within families and the opportunity it presents to love people with beliefs different than your own, Belle Starr, Quantrill, the James-Younger gang, relatives who were outlaws, COVID-19, vaccinations, gangrene, meningitis, health care, Obamacare, Medicare, quarantine, working from home, books we have read, Ukraine, Russia, Putin, Tuva, Kazakhstan, former Soviet republics, Turkey, Colorado, Irish Fest, Scotfest, bagpipes, geocaching, lithium batteries, and recycling.

Fellow Mensans: If you would like to participate in discussion of any of the issues outlined above or about whatever else interests you, please join us at the Blind Tiger on Monday, October 10th at 6:00 pm. Appetizers, dinner, a selection of freshly brewed beers, and other beverages are available. No purchase required. Guests welcome. Please RSVP to John Scheirman, [email protected] or 785-232-2836 so that we can let the restaurant know how many people to expect. ~ John Scheirman, Ad Astra Mensa Coordinator